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Live Performance shows and venues for kids in Des Moines, IA

2017 Nutcracker Performances in Central Iowa – dsm4kids.com

It’s one of the world’s most beloved ballets, and quite often the first ballet experience for children. It’s the Nutcracker – and if you’re thinking about taking your kids to see it this holiday season, you’ve got a few options to choose from! Here’s our 2017 roundup of Nutcracker performances in Central Iowa. Continue Reading…

“A Little House Christmas” at the Des Moines Playhouse – dsm4kids.com

In her beloved Little House books, Laura Ingalls Wilder describes some of the Christmases she and her family celebrate on the frontier. Christmas celebrations during those times were a much simpler affair,  focused more on the non-materialistic side of Christmas. “A Little House Christmas” at the Des Moines Playhouse is a perfect way for families to kick off the holiday season in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

2017 Fall Theatre Guide 4 Des Moines Kids and Families - dsm4kids.com

September kicks off the fall theatre season in Des Moines and families will find a packed playbill of shows to attend. Whether it’s a big Broadway show or a smaller one, specifically produced for kids, there are plenty of options to entertain the whole fam.  Check out our guide to fall theatre and shows in Des Moines for kids and families. Continue Reading…

2017 Summer Theatre Guide 4 Kids and Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Des Moines’ summer theatre season may change your theatre going habits, by bringing the kids along. A glance at the programming of local theatres reveals a host of shows aimed at kids and families. It’s also far from expensive, thanks to annual events designed to have cross-appeal without breaking the bank.  Here’s your guide to summer theatre productions for kids and families in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

The Sound of Music Comes Alive at the Des Moines Civic Center - dsm4kids.com

My daughter and I were super excited to see The Sound of Music on stage for the first time last night at the Des Moines Civic Center. One of the most revered and loved movie musicals of all time, the live show proves why it was ever made in the first place.  If you love the movie, you won’t want to miss your chance to see it live on stage.   Continue Reading…

2017 Winter Theatre Guide 4 Kids and Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Winter is a fantastic season for seeing theater in Des Moines. Our top theater picks for the coming months include an iconic musical, The Sound of Music and several selections from the Wellmark Familiy Series at the Civic Center, all of which cost just $10. Read on to find your family’s theatrical experience for this winter in Des Moines.  Continue Reading…

The Box Car Children at The Des Moines Playhouse - dsm4kids.com

Generations of young readers have cherished the spirited Depression-era adventures of The Boxcar Children, and now the Alden children’s story comes to life on stage. Orphaned and in danger of being separated, the four siblings run away to make a “home” of their own. Pursued by the authorities and a mysterious stranger, the children discover the highs and lows of life on the run, as well as the joy of keeping their family together. Continue Reading…

2016 Fall Theatre Guide 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Fall 2016 promises to be a busy and diverse season on Des Moines stages. With beloved children’s classics like Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” and “The Boxcar Children” and mystery comedies in “Done to Death” and “Audition for a Murder” there’s a little something for everybody in the family. Read on to find your family’s theatrical experience for the fall in Des Moines! Continue Reading…

Go on a Journey with Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre’s “The Hobbit” - dsm4kids.com

My 5th grade son recently read the book The Hobbit, so he and I were both thrilled to be invited to Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre’s stage production! The Hobbit, a children’s play by Patricia Gray adapted from the book by J.R.R. Tolkien, takes the audience along on a magical adventure, where humble Hobbit Bilbo Baggins is urged by the wizard Gandalf to leave his cozy shire to journey through wild lands, deep caves and dense forests with a band of dwarves to help kill a vicious dragon and find the gold he’s been hoarding. Continue Reading…